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It’s Ottawa Senators day on PHT

Aug 4, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

Craig Anderson AP

Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Ottawa Senators.

Last season ended on a low note for the Senators getting humbled by the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. After barnstorming Montreal in the first-round, fans in Ottawa had high hopes for a deep run. Once the offseason began, things got a bit more exciting for some of the wrong reasons.

Offseason recap

Ottawa fans were left stunned when captain Daniel Alfredsson decided to return for another season but not for the team he’d been playing since the mid-90s for. Alfie signed with Detroit and spurred GM Bryan Murray to pull off a stunning deal with Anaheim to acquire Bobby Ryan. While they gave up a lot of their own high-level youth (Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen) to get him, Ryan gives them a four-time 30-goal scorer, something Alfredsson hadn’t been since 2007-08.

Acquiring Ryan wasn’t their only move. Clarke MacArthur joined the fold after leaving Toronto and Joe Corvo returned to town to replace Sergei Gonchar who was dealt to Dallas. Add that extra offense to a team that figures to have a healthy defensive corps (and team all around) and underrated goalie Craig Anderson and you’ve got a team many believe will challenge for the Stanley Cup.

Talk is cheap but after being this summer’s “It” team, expectations are higher than ever in Ottawa.


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  1. reeggss - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Wait, you are covering AHL teams too?

    • President Charles Logan - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      LOL!! that was classic!

  2. pxland - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Craig Anderson will break your heart Ottawa fans.

  3. snipedanglecelly13 - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I’m still not supportive of the alfie signing we got…for 5 mil I’d rather have brunner back for the 3 mil he was asking for and have more money to sign nyquist and Anderson

    • valoisvipers - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      In Holland we trust.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    For whatever it’s worth, Rob Vollman of Hockey Abstract is a hockey stat author and he’s picking the Sens to contend for the cup, noting the players who were out last year and their expected contributions this year. I respect him enough that I’m going to read more of what he has to say.\, and I’m neither a Sen nor an EC fan.

    I do disagree however, and believe for objective reasons I’d be more than willing to flesh out, that the Blackhawks remain the favorite next year.

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